Cuckfield Museum’s next talk will be today, Thursday, 15th October, 8.00 pm in the Council Chamber, The Queens Hall, Cuckfield.

“Longcase Clocks of Sussex” by Stephen Doerr, Antiquarian Horologist. Stephen, A member of the “Worshipful Company of Clockmakers”, presents a fascinating exploration of the history of provincial longcase (grandfather) clocks spanning 1690-1840 with particular reference to some local makers. The talk will include the origin of the early 30 hour (one day) clock with brass dial to the development of the painted dial.

Admission £5, Members £3. To book a place, please phone Mike Nicholson on 457448. For more information go to

Cuckfield Museum’s new display ‘Ringing the Changes’ looks at the history of Holy Trinity Church over the last two hundred years since bells were cast to celebrate the victory at the Battle of Waterloo. We see how the Victorians transformed the interior of the church and how fire later destroyed the old medieval spire. We go up into the secret world of the bell tower and see what lies hidden beneath the floor of the nave. Display runs until mid Dec. Opening times: Wednesdays: 10-12.30, Fridays and Saturedays: 10-4.

The new Mayor of Cuckfield’s Procession will take place this Saturday 17th October following the election of the new Mayor of the Independent State of Cuckfield in the Wheatsheaf on Friday 16th October, It will take place around the roads of Cuckfield. The procession starts at 2:30pm from Warden Park School, and arrives at the Talbot at approximately 3:30pm, where the Keys of Cuckfield will be presented to the new Mayor. The vehicles that make up the procession are parked in the High Street during the presentations at the Talbot, so that all the imagination and hard work that goes into creating the magnificent floats can be appreciated close up.

Participating In The Mayor’s Procession: All charities, groups and organisations based in Cuckfield and the surrounding area are welcome to take part in the Mayor’s Procession. Participants should assemble at Warden Park School from 1:00pm. The procession includes many decorated floats and vehicles, but some organisations choose to walk around in costume or fancy dress, while some come up with other innovative modes of travel such as bikes, wheelbarrows or scooters. A cash prize is awarded to the organisations judged to be 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the Best Dressed Entry competition, and all the participating organisations receive a donation from the Independent State of Cuckfield. The money the Independent State of Cuckfield is able to distribute is thanks to the commitment and hard work of all the candidates taking part in the Mayor’s Election, plus the generosity of the Cuckfield community in their support of all the candidates. As a result, in 2014 the Independent State of Cuckfield was able to make donations to over 30 organisations. If you are interested in taking part in this year’s Mayor’s Procession, or would like more information, then please contact Jim Ayling at the White Harte on 01444 413454 or e-mail

Cuckfield Dramatic Society presents Silhouette by Simon Brett on Wednesday October, 28th to Friday 30th at 8:00pm, with a matinee on Sat Oct 31st at 2:30pm. There is no Saturday evening show scheduled! Location: Queen’s Hall, High Street, Cuckfield, West Sussex, RH17 5EL. All tickets Wed £8, Thu-Sat £10 plus booking charges (where applicable) Tickets can be purchased without booking fees through CDS’s usual ticket agents - Mansell McTaggart in Cuckfield High Street and Wealden Stores at Whitemans Green. They are also available from the CDS website, or by phone from their ticket agency on 0333 666 3366 (local rate) Mon-Fri 9-7pm, and Sat 9-5pm. Booking fees of up to 10% and an additional £1.50 telephone service charge apply to phone & online. Public enquiries: or 0845 591 1291 Cuckfield Dramatic Society Website: Twitter: @CuckfieldDrama Facebook: /CuckfieldDramaticSociety

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